As usual, Bob cantered in his own time, when I wasn't asking him to. We were schooling in the round pen, and some poles had been left down from a previous occupant. They were a little too far apart for Bob's stride, and he started cantering whilst reaching for them. He generally works out his own problems.
Gaiting. Bob gaited from the start. He has a very fast walk, and bats along at a great rate of knots when he is leading. According to my reading, the experts advise establishing 3 good gaits, in walk, trot and canter, before asking for the intermediate gaits. For this reason, I have not encouraged him to gait, but whilst negotiating the Shropshire hills in 2018, my friend who was following me shouted "He's doing something really weird with his feet!" Whatever he was doing, it was comfortable and got us up the hills at a good rate! I have yet to video him to try and decide what type of gait he has adopted. They range from an even 4 time Running Walk, through the middle range Rack, to the Foxtrot, which looks like a Pace, but is 4 time. What makes them smooth to sit to, is that one foot is on the ground at all times, unlike the hard bouncy trot or pace, where two feet strike the ground at the same time.
We had a lovely stay at Tugford farm, if any of you fancy taking your horse on holiday. They have a hot tub which is just lush...…..